One of the simplest and also best knots for monofilament lines is the clinch knot. It is used to connect fishing lines with an eye. For example to knot the hook to the leader or the main line to a swivel. The improved clinch knot is also suitable for braided lines to a limited extent. If possible I would always tie a palomar knot for this and also for fluorocarbon. How to tie this knot you can read here>>.
Because of its simplicity the knot can be tied very quickly, especially by beginners. You can see how this works in this photo instruction.
The clinch knot
In this example I show you how to tie a fishing hook to a line. If you want to connect swivels, artificial bait for spinning or other eyelets with a clinch knot to a fishing line you can do the same
First you have to push the line through the eye.
In the next step the short end that has been pushed through is placed around the long end.
Now the short end is wound 4-8 times around the long end. Thin cords need more windings than thick ones. For a 20` monofilament I would go 6-7 times around the long end. With a 0,35`er line then only 5 times.
Next the short end is pushed back through the loop.
Then we hold the short end that has been pushed through with one hand and moisten the knot before we simply pull it tight.
This is what a finished clinch knot looks like. The short end can now be shortened to a few millimetres. But before you do that I recommend to do a pull test to make sure that the knot really holds.
The improved clinch knot
The improved clinch knot is not much different from the normal clinch knot, but offers a little extra “slip through security”. Therefore it is also suitable for braided lines. The knot starts where we would tighten the normal clinch knot. Therefore I skip the first part and show you how to proceed.
Instead of pulling the clinch knot, we form an eye with the tied part of the knot. It is best to look at the picture above.
The short end is led around the turns once and goes through the eye from behind.
Now the knot is moistened again and then pulled tight. The improved clinch knot is also finished.